Tony Chennault’s collegiate career came to a close in the NCAA tournament with an early exit in the Round of 32, as eventual champion UConn upset No. 2 seed Villanova.
Chennault had returned home to Philadelphia in 2012, transferring from Wake Forest after two seasons. The move was to be closer to his mother, Crystal Morton, who’s was dealing with health issues. Several weeks after announcing his transfer, his stepbrother, Michael Jay, was killed. In August of the next year, his mother died of a heart attack.
Those tragic moments in his life have led the former basketball player has into filmmaking. One of the films he made in college was inspired by his brother’s murder, entitled Chris.
“These are elements that happen every day,” Chennault told Valarie Russ of the Philadelphia Daily News. “We are losing a lot of good people, people in the prime of their lives, people doing a lot of positive things, all because of gun violence in our community.
“That’s the point I wanted to focus on. Why in urban communities don’t we realize the significance of the people in our lives until they are dead? It’s about not valuing life.”
On Friday night, Chris had a scheduled screening at The Dreaming Building in Philadelphia.
Steve Prohm announced on Monday that starting center Jameel McKay will not be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Cyclones take on Texas Tech.
“He’ll practice today because I want him in practice,” Prohm said, “but game-wise, he’s suspended.”
McKay did not make the trip to Stillwater with the team on Saturday, where Iowa State beat Oklahoma State, 64-59. Prohm has not gotten into specifics regarding the cause of McKay’s suspension, but it’s reportedly an issue with the way he has been practicing. McKay is dealing with a nagging knee injury, which may play a role in the situation as well.
“My hope is he’ll be with us on Saturday,” Prohm said.
Like the Coaches Poll, Villanova found themselves No. 1 in the AP Poll during the regular season for the first time in the history of the program.
And like the Coaches Poll, there isn’t much in the way of a consensus when it comes to who is the No. 1 team, as there are six teams that received No. 1 votes in the poll this week.
The biggest shock to me?
The No. 1 team in the NBC Sports Top 25, Iowa, received just 11 first place votes and is ranked fourth in the AP Poll.
They were ranked fifth in the Coaches Poll.
Can we get Fran McCaffery the love they deserve?
Here is the rest of the AP Poll:
1. Villanova (20-3, 32 first-place votes)
2. Maryland (21-3, 13)
3. Oklahoma (19-3, 7)
4. Iowa (19-4, 11)
5. Xavier (21-2)
6. Kansas (19-4, 1)
7. Virginia (19-4, 1)
8. Michigan State (20-4)
9. North Carolina (19-4)
10. West Virginia (19-4)
11. Oregon (18-4)
12. Miami (FL) (18-4)
13. Louisville (19-4)
14. Iowa State (17-6)
15. Texas A&M (18-5)
16. SMU (20-2)
17. Arizona (19-5)
18. Purdue (19-5)
19. Dayton (19-3)
20. Providence (18-6)
21. Baylor (17-6)
22. Kentucky (17-6)
23. USC (18-5)
24. Texas (16-7)
25. Wichita State (17-6)
DROPPED OUT: No. 22 Indiana, No. 25 South Carolina
NEW ADDITIONS: No. 23 USC, No. 24 Texas